Haruo Shirane Faculty Profile






There are literally thousands of journals and kiyô published by literature departments at different universities around Japan; the usefulness of the material varies widely. Most of these are specialized by field and period such as Chūko bungaku. Among the most widely read and important general journals are:

Bungaku. Published quarterly by Iwanami Shoten. Call no.: PL 700.B75.
Generally contains excellent scholarship, mostly on Japanese literature, pre‑modern and modern. Every issue is a tokushû, but only about half of each issue devoted to the particular topic.

Kokugo to kokubungaku.  Tokyo University journal, published monthly by Shibundô. Call no.: PL 501.K65.
Kokugo kokubun.  Kyoto University journal, published monthly by Chuô Tosho Shuppan Hakkô. Call no.:  PL 501.K66
These two journals are associated with two major universities in the field.  Kokugo to kokubungaku has more supplementary information, including tables of contents for the previous and following issues, and an index in back listing recent issues of literature journals and the major articles to be found within them. It also usually contains a larger number of shorter articles, as well as book reviews. There is a cumulative index in volume 60 (1983). Kokugo kokubun is somewhat drier, only fifty or so pages, usually dominated by three long articles.

Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kanshô. Published monthly by Shibundô. Call no.: PL 700. K65
Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kyôzai no kenkyû. ** Published monthly by Gakutôsha. Call no.: PL 700. B75
These two journals, Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kanshô (popularly known as "Kaishaku"), and Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kyôzai no kenkyû (popularly known as "Kokubungaku"), are published for a broader audience, such as kokubungaku majors writing a senior thesis, and includes articles that are often surveys of the field. Look for the most recent special issue on the topic in question; most major texts or authors (e.g. Heike monogatari or Saigyô) have a tokushû devoted to them every year, while a tokushû on a less central text or author might appear every three years or so. At the back of the section devoted to the subject of the special issue is a comprehensive bibliography of recent scholarship on the topic. This is a convenient place to go when beginning research in a new field.

Nihon bungaku.Call no.: PL700. N5.
A well-respected journal on classical and modern Japanese literature put out by the Nihon bungaku kyôkai, one of the central organizations of Japanese literary scholars.

Nihon bungaku kenkyû shiryô sôsho. Yuseido. 100 volumes. Anthologies of articles on major texts, genres, and authors. Very useful selections of important articles that are otherwise hard to obtain. Divided by author or text from ancient to modern. In the back of each volume there is a historical survey of scholarship. In Prentis. Followed by Nihon bungaku kenkyû shiryô shinshû. Another 30 volumes, from 1990 onward, which supplement the first series.


Kokubungaku nenkan.***  Kokubungaku Kenkyû Shiryôkan, 1979‑annual. Call no.: REF PL 701 .K82 
The Kokubungaku nenkan contains a comprehensive overview of each year's new scholarship in the field of Japanese literature. Publication was discontinued recently. The most useful sections are the bibliographies and indexes. Available online at the National Institute for Japaense Literature (Kokubungaku shiryøkan) database. http://www.nijl.ac.jp/bunseki/index.html.

Kokugo nenkan.** Kokuritsu kokugo kenkyūjo (National Language Research Institute), ed. Shūei shuppan, 1954-present. Call no.: PL501.K63.
Annual survey and bibliography of Japanese language studies.

Zôho Kokugo kokubungaku kenkyûshi taisei. ** Sanseido.
Multi-volume series. Includes important primary sources, seminal articles, extensive bibliographic information, history of research. Separate volumes on Genji, Manyôshû, Basho, etc. up through a limited number of modern authors. In Prentis.

Shin koten bungaku kenkyû hikkei.  Ichiko Teiji, ed. Gakutôsha, 1992. Call no.: PL726.1 .S55 1992.
There are more than twenty different hikkei (research handbooks) put out by Gakutōsha, each focused on a different text, author, genre, or field; the Shin koten bungaku kenkyû hikkei is the encyclopedic version, with a series of overviews of criticism of various important pre‑modern works. The book is organized by time period and genre; each signed article presents an explanation of the basic facts of the work in question, followed by an brief history of its study and reception.

Bessatsu Kokubungaku (Hikkei) series. ** Gakutôsha. Over 20 vols.
Good for getting the latest information on the state of the field. Examples include:
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Shin Koten bungaku kenkyû hikkei. Call no: REF Pl 726. 1. S55 1992;
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Shin Gendai bungaku kenkyû hikkei. Call no: PL 726.6 S55 1993;
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Ocho monogatari hikkei. Call no: REF PL 747.2 .024 1988;
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Manyôshû hikkei, I, II;
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Mori Ôgai hikkei.
Call no: REF PL811.O7 Z4592 1990
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Mishima Yukio hikkei. Call no: PL833.I7 Z81 1989
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Natsume Soseki hikkei.
Call no: PL812.A8 Z82499 1981
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Nihon shinwa hikkei. Call no: BL2202 .N516 1982
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Mukashi-banashi densetsu hikkei. Call no: REF PL721.F64 M85 1992
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Genji monogatari jiten. Call no: PL788.4.G43 G432 1989
Bessatsu Kokubungaku Koten bunpô hikkei. Call no: PL531.3 K68 1993

Kokubungaku kenkyû jiten. Meiji Shoin, 1973. Call no.: 910.3 W271.
Discusses works, authors, and genres for all periods of Japanese literature from Kodai through Taishô. Largely superceded by other references, but it is especially useful for the lists of earlier scholarship on classical works‑‑in particular, the ancient commentaries and exegesis that form the foundation for much modern scholarship. An index is included.

Kenkyû shiryô Nihon koten bungaku. ** Meiji Shoin. 1983-85. Call nos: listed individually.
This twelve‑volume set is organized by genre, and within each volume, by author or title in gojûon order. Extremely helpful bibliographic essays with excerpts from original. The twelve volumes are: 1. Monogatari bungaku, 2. Rekishi, gunki, rekishi monogatari, 3.Setsuwa bungaku, 4. Kinsei shosetsu, 5. Man'yô, kayô, 6. Waka, 7. Renga, haikai, kyôka, 8. Zuihitsu bungaku, 9. Nikki, kikô bungaku, 10. Gekibungaku, 11.Kanshi kanbun hyôron, 12. Bunpô: tsuketari jishô.

Kenkyû shiryô gendai Nihon bungaku. ** Meiji Shôin. 7 vol. 1980. Call no: 910.207 K35 v.1-7.

Modern Literature. Same series as above. Categorized by genre from Meiji to the late 1970s. Includes brief biographies of selected historians and social scientists as well as writers and literary critics and scholars.

Kokubungaku kenkyû shomoku kaidai.  Ed. Asô Isoji.  Shibundô, 1957. Call no.:  REF Z3308 .L5 K624.
Kokubungaku kenkyû shomoku kaidai.  Ed. Ichiko Teiji.  Tôkyô Daigaku Shuppankai, 1982. Call no.:  REF Z3308 .L5 K625.
These two texts are extremely useful ways of finding some of the most important scholarship on your topic. The number of works discussed is small, but their inclusion means they are well‑regarded; the short essays about them will tell you why.

Nihon bungaku kenkyû bunken yôran 1965‑1974.  Nichigai Associates, 1976‑77. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Call no.: Z3308.L5  N44.
This is a classified list of journal articles and books on Japanese literature for the years 1965‑1974. Classification is by period, genre, author and works. Vol. 1: Kodai‑Kinsei. Vol. 2 & 3: Gendai literature, with volume 2 dealing with authors and works and volume 3 with genres. Each volume is provided with indexes. An important source to refer to when beginning to compile a bibliography on a limited topic.

Kokubungaku kenkyû bunken mokuroku. Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, 1984. Call no.: REF Z 7072 .K563 . 
A very useful reference work for locating earlier scholarship in the field of Japanese language and literature. Most of this volume is taken up by a comprehensive listing of journal articles on literary topics that were published between 1941 and 1962; these are classified by period, genre, author if known, and then the text dealt with (a list of what journals are covered appears in the back). There are also two separate sections listing articles on subjects related to Japanese language education (kokugo kyôiku) and to Japanese linguistics; these sections are classified by subtopic.

Nihon bungei sôran. 4 vols. Odagiri Susumu, ed. Meiji bunken, 1992. Call no.: REF Z3308 .L5 G52 1992.
Published in 1968 and revised in 1992, this work lists the tables of contents of 145 literary journals from late Meiji to 1955 (Shôwa 20). It includes an index of names as well as extensive annotations.

Kindai zasshi mokuji bunko: Kokugo kokubungaku hen. Yumani shobô, 1992. Call no.: REF Z3308.
This is the best all-round index to literature journals. It lists the journals alphabetically and gives the contents of each issue. Indispensable for seeing the content of journals in the annex. From Meiji 1 to 1989.

Nijusseiki bunken yôran taikei: Nihon bungaku kenkyû bunken yôran. Kinokuniya shoten, 1996. Call no.: REF. Z3308. L5 N432 1996.
Lists articles, book reviews, and books by field, genre and author, including Monumenta Nipponica. Covers 1965-1989. Each set has two volumes for modern literature, one for classical literature. Three sets, 1965-74, 1975-84, 1985-89. For publications after 1989 see Kokubungaku nenkan.

Meiji Taishô Shôwa hon'yaku bungaku mokuroku.  Kazama shobô, 1952. Call no:  REF Z330 8 .T7 K6 1984. M/S: X‑16;  IHJ: 1502.
Includes translations of Western literature into Japanese, from 1868 until 1955. Includes only books, not translations that appeared in journals.